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This Used To Be My Playground
This Used To Be My Playground

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Challenge: Children's Toy III (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Tamron AF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 Aspherical for Canon
Location: Playground at a nearby school
Date: Mar 3, 2010
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Urban, Emotive
Date Uploaded: Mar 3, 2010

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Place: 109 out of 139
Avg (all users): 4.5305
Avg (commenters): 5.6667
Avg (participants): 4.3115
Avg (non-participants): 4.6184
Views since voting: 568
Views during voting: 306
Votes: 213
Comments: 4
Favorites: 0

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03/17/2010 08:49:02 PM
Congratulations on your first entry.
IMO this is a great shot of a much-loved and much-used playground toy.
I like the angle, composition, and lighting on this. I think the subject is challenging because you can't move it - your only option is to move the camera. I find the sidewalk cutting through the shot in the background distracting. If shooting from the other side would give a more uniform background, I think that would be better.
I would say do not be discouraged with your score.
What you entered may not be what people are seeing as they vote. For example, on my laptop, if the screen is vertical, the tucan's head is all-white and almost blown out, and the contrast in the shot is very low. However, if I tilt the screen back a bit, the picture has a great deal more contrast, and you can see the paint line and different shades on the tucan's head. What I'm saying is that some of your low votes may be a result of the voters' displays, and not a true reflection on your shot. For me, I would probably vote one point higher if I'd seen the shot with the monitor back a bit instead of in the vertical position.
I like your vision and eye, and am looking forward to seeing your next entry!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/15/2010 09:54:51 PM
I like the B&W, seems to bring about the feeling of sadness of missing your old playground.
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03/13/2010 05:51:11 PM
Needs a lick of paint :p I like the angle. Could do with a little more contrast though for *drama*. We all know how DPCers like *drama* now...
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03/12/2010 06:15:23 AM
Def not a shot for b&W and needs more contrast to seperate it from the background somehow. A kid on this would also make a world of difference to this shot.
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